2012 – 2013 Artist Bios

The Pledge

The Pledge

Carole T. Berg, Wabasha County

Artist Statement

Intrigued by the idea that the past is really part of the present, I was thinking about the divisions in our politics today and wishing we could keep in mind the times our country has previously survived deep differences. In this piece I focused on these three words of the Pledge of Allegiance to re-connect us to ourselves.

Biography

Minnesotan from the start, I grew up on a farm in south-central Minnesota near Wells. I was always weaving the interests of science, art, and history together in my mind, trying all sorts of surface design on fabric, paper, or whatever could be manipulated. After graduation from the College of Saint Teresa with a degree in chemistry and mathematics, I enjoyed a career in medical research at Mayo Clinic, where I met my husband, also a clinical researcher. We shared an interest in the Civil War to the extent that he became a re-enactor. No marching and shooting for me, I became the photographer and creator of authentic uniforms, and civilian clothing for myself and children. Since retirement I have time to experiment with watercolor painting, fabric painting, beading, quilting…


The Frosted Road Less Traveled

The Frosted Road Less Traveled

Julie Bronson, Freeborn County

Artist Statement

Taking the road less traveled has taken me down back roads long forgotten. Instead of people or nature, I chose to take shots of what most people look away from, abandoned houses and farms, thinking them ugly or fit for kindling, just waiting for their stories to be told.

Biography

My name is Julie Bronson. My husband of nearly 32 years, Douglas and I have lived in southern Minnesota our whole lives. We have no children, just critters. I work at Dave Syverson’s in Albert Lea as a heavy truck parts person. I have always had a camera but in the last years have really begun to use it more. I have put together one book and am working on a second of the abandonment I have photographed. Some of my photos have been on display locally as well as in a photo show with two other photographers.

 


Stripes

Stripes

Kathy Churchill, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

My life would not feel complete without the twin pleasures of reading books and making art. Reading nourishes my mind, and painting purges it. If I’m awake, my hands are most likely either holding a paintbrush or a book.

In “Stripes,” spines of books recall military ribbons or merit badges. My personal library feels as much a repository of accomplishments as of volumes—and I am proud not only of the quantity of books I have read, but of what the varied titles mean to me. The books I read define me as much as the art I create.

Biography

Kathy Churchill has shown work throughout Southeast Minnesota and the Twin Cities at juried group shows at Winona State University, Rochester Art Center and the Minnesota State Fair. Her primary media are watercolor, oil, acrylic and ink, but subject matter is in constant flux.

Churchill lives in the country with her husband. Her hobbies include beekeeping, travel, reading, art appreciation and painting. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

 


Powerful Pastime

Powerful Pastime

Susannè Marie Crane, Freeborn County

Artist Statement

This painting is from memory. This scene occurred in our living room just about every day. My daughter’s favorite pastime was always reading. This also shows our two cats engaging in their favorite pastimes. One loved to take naps, the other liked to slink around and attack things.

Biography

Painting has been a powerful pastime for me. Most of my work is influenced by books I’ve read, experiences I’ve had and places I’ve been – all worked out in daydreams. I guess you could say I’m a professional daydreamer. I’ve been painting and showing extensively for 28 years. I also teach. I am deeply indebted to fabulous influences in my life from other artists living and departed, from my mother, and from the multicultural experiences I’ve had. For more information, check out my website, www.susannecrane.com.

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Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba

Ke Ning Dauffenbach, Steele County

Artist Statement

This piece was inspired by “Ginkgo biloba” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was thrown on a pottery wheel, freehand carved design on the back side, and the inside features my freehand etched ginkgo biloba. The glazes are all hand painted. To achieve this look, it involves 13 steps from beginning to finish. I adore this piece, because it combines my pottery passion and my interest of painting.

Biography

I was born and raised in Beijing, China, and moved to United states in the summer of 2006.

Ceramic was not my major back home in Beijing, but it has been my dream since I was 14 years old. It was all started when I first saw the movie “Ghost”, the process of turning a block of clay into a piece of delicate artwork was really remarkable. After I took some classes for basic throwing, I started my own studio 3 years ago. My husband has been
very supportive with my chosen profession. As I grew up, my dad had the biggest impact on my exploration into the arts. He is a very talented Chinese water ink painter. He has taught me a lot painting and drawing skills that benefit my work in many ways.

The core of my inspiration comes from the nature, you can find river rock, water wave, leaves, and feathers that are carved on my work.

 


A Light In The Window

A Light In The Window

Sandy Dinse, Steele County

Artist Statement

Many of my paintings portray my nostalgic nature. A rural upbringing and sentimental personality gives me inspiration for my watercolors.

Biography

Rural Steele County has been my home before and after my marriage of 48 years. Our family includes two sons, ten grandchildren and one greatgrandson. Retirement years give me occasion to be involved in church and community activities in addition to painting whenever the spirit moves me.

 


A Journey Of The Hearts

A Journey Of The Hearts

Eric Dudley, Fillmore County

Artist Statement

A Mother reads a story to her son
A Time for two loving hearts,
to dream of a peaceful new world.
A place of warmth, and of love.
It’s almost like Heaven.
Oh, to Dream.

Biography

I’m a foolish Dreamer, who lived in this area of Minnesota all my life. I have always enjoyed drawing. You first start with nothing more than a blank piece of paper. However, with a little time and heart, an angel can fly off that page. It’s a fun hobby.

Now, I’m working hard to become a storyteller. I started my first steps by writing, drawing, and coloring my first book. It’s called An Angelic Catch — “All a little angel ever wished for was a friend, but it takes the right kind of bait to catch a true friend.” My artwork you see shows two characters from my book; The Earth Mother and her son.

I hope in the future to have a series of books with my little angel and her friends.

This is my foolish wish, of a Dreamer.

 


Library Paradise

Library Paradise

Mary Lee Eischen, Winona County

Artist Statement

I’m a mixed media and fiber artist from Winona, Minnesota. Through manipulation of a surface of fabric or paper with paints or dyes, I create art quilts. Photography enhances some of my artwork. The use of miscellaneous materials, words, and found objects creates work that is interesting, beautiful, or meaningful.

Biography

Mary Lee’s fascination with fabrics traces back to her mother. The beauty displayed in her home and in nature held her in awe. She was very curious about how to create things. Books held the key to unlock that curiosity and knowledge located at the Sleepy Eye Public Library. It had a very big and heavy door that was hard to open but the information that it held could not hold her back. Mary Lee’s art education has come through college classes and workshops in drawing, composition, and mixed media design. Her love of fabrics has never faded.

 


Precious Distractions

Precious Distractions

Dawn Zero Erickson, Goodhue County

Artist Statement

In this piece, from my Words Collection, I explore my life in libraries. Whether it be researching for a journey to yet another far-flung country or becoming lost in a story of adventure to a place I may never otherwise go, libraries are where I travel daily.

Biography

An Honors Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Dawn is an independent artist and home textile designer. Her textile designs have been exhibited extensively throughout the world and are in the permanent collections of the Kyoto Textile Museum in Japan, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as numerous private and corporate collections. Her considerable foreign travel experiences (including
Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Russia, Turkey, and former Soviet countries) are evident in her work. When not traveling, Dawn lives in Red Wing, Minnesota.

 


Hidden Meadows

Hidden Meadows

Pat Fasbender, Fillmore County

Artist Statement

Just as I enjoy myself and relax when opening a book, I enjoy time with my granddaughters near the river which run through Hidden Meadows. It is my desire to create something beautiful with oil paints, utilizing the natural landscapes around me for inspiration and the wood as my canvas.

Biography

Pat (Manning) Fasbender was born and raised near Litchfield, Minnesota. She graduated from Rochester School of Practical Nursing, 1969. Pat also has an Associate of Arts degree in business.

Oil painting started as a hobby in 1979 when the youngest of her four children was a year old. Throughout the years, painting has been a way of expression and relaxation.

This is her first exhibit. Living in Lanesboro, now retired from Rochester Public Schools as a budget secretary for the school libraries, Pat plans to concentrate and exhibit her creativity using oils and other mediums.

 


Books Are Windows To The World

Books Are Windows To The World

LaVonne Feuerhelm, Winona County

Artist Statement

When I learned that SELCO was going to have another easel show, the words “Books are Windows to the World” came to me. I began to sketch ideas to present that theme. When I had a drawing that seemed right, I searched my boxes of landscape fabrics and constructed this 12” quilt.

Biography

I have always felt the need to create something and began sewing my own clothes on my mother’s treadle Singer machine at about age 12. After my marriage and the arrival of 5 children, I continued sewing shirts, pants, and suits for the family. My first quilts were made from the leftover scraps of those garments. About 15 years ago, I joined a quilt group and learned the correct and precise way to make a quilt. A few art classes along the way nurtured that desire, so combining art and quilting, I like to make quilt landscapes.

 


Quilted Postcard

Quilted Postcard

Mari Fleming, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

This postcard quilt blends the old and new, combining a vintage quote by W.S. Mervin with the current trend in quilting. Like the usual large format quilt, this Fiber Art Quilt is pieced, layered, sewn and embellished. Actually sent in the mail, Postcard Quilts would be off to a friend expressing devotion and heartfelt friendship.

Biography

I am from Winona, Minnesota and have lived in Rochester since 1987. I graduated from St. Mary’s University with a B.A. in Graphic Design. After working at Creighton University to put my husband through Graduate School, I stayed home to raise 3 children. 27 years and one stroke later, I have earned awards for restoring our 113 year old home, quilting, sewing, crochet and baking. A recent interest of mine is documenting a family signature quilt traced to the 1800’s. My husband and I took a road trip to Maryland to visit the ancestral home where it was made. One can still feel the devotion and heartfelt friendship expressed by the pre-war patriots.

 


It Happened One Night On   The Milky Way Trail

It Happened One Night On The Milky Way Trail

Thomas Frank, Rice County

Artist Statement

In 1946 I had the pleasure of seeing “Pinocchio” and that magic has been my inspiration and aspiration from then till now. At this stage of my life (70+ years) I see myself as a “Gepetto” trying to bring my characters to life within their stories.

Biography

As a child Tom copied comic characters and progressed to painting “A Legacy in Ice,” the official St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace poster, 2004. He has created coloring books for Great River Greening, St. Paul Winter Carnival and has written and illustrated children’s stories. His characters begin with pencil drawings and are brought to life on the computer.

His works reflect his love for children and the characters that delight them.

Tom’s latest work: “It Happened One Night on the Milky Way Trail”


Pathways: A Stitched Cottage

Pathways: A Stitched Cottage

Francie Ginocchio, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

At my home studio you may find me working on a commissioned quilt or combining felt, paper, recycled fabric, silk and thread. Frequently I indulge in “Fiber Play.” I consider the day a success if I stumble across a spool of unique thread or a beautiful piece of fabric.

Biography

My mother taught me how to sew at an early age. Once hooked, I was frequently found at the sewing machine surrounded by colorful scraps of fabric. As an adult, I owned a quilt shop, lectured and taught quilting throughout the Midwest, and entered work in many shows. My commissions can be found in hospitals, homes, banks and offices. A Wisconsin Arts Board Grant led to the creation of my largest work, a 9 foot by 15 foot quilt titled “Earthswept.” My work is known for color, design and solid craftsmanship. Between projects I do technical editing for a publisher.

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Ideas Sprouting Up Like…

Ideas Sprouting Up Like…

Ingvild Herfindahl, Dodge County

Artist Statement

There is something satisfying about smashing something and then reassembling it into something new. In my mosaics, I try to include the duality of destruction and creation; mixing the literal with figurative. In this piece, I wanted to show how ideas sprout from books, like mushrooms out of the earth.

Biography

Ingvild Herfindahl is a native of Minnesota and has lived there her whole life except for a five-year stint in Florida, after which she decided blizzards were much preferable to hurricanes. She enjoys exploring her artistic side and was thrilled to discover the world of mosaics, as it doesn’t put much of a strain on her Kindergarten-level drawing ability. She pulls inspiration from nature and the world all around her, incorporating different and unexpected ideas into her works.  Crafting mostly by night, Ingvild spends her days as the children’s librarian in Kasson, Minnesota.

 


Sky Mall

Sky Mall

Jeff Jacobsen,Winona County

Artist Statement

Much like reading can range from didactic to silly, art also ranges from the serious to the trite. My favorite art is fun, but also reflects and critiques culture. What better reflection of escapist reading than SkyMall — the reading you do to wile away the hours on a plane.

Biography

Jeff Jacobsen lives in Goodview, Minnesota with his wife Aurora, five year old daughter Adele, and his two year old son Reed. He enjoys art and design as well as gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. Jeff is  currently an assistant professor of art and design at Rochester Community and Technical College. He holds a BFA in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh and received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee. Jeff has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States.

 


and so, set free, I live a new story

and so, set free, I live a new story

Anne Kamin, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

This image reflects my belief that we continuously write our own stories, create our own lives. I’ve recently been  inspired by poems and lyrics referencing birds, flight and freedom. In this piece I used metaphor and mixed media collage to express the concept that the natural order of all things is transitory…the only constant is change.

Biography

In high school, my love for art and fascination for psychology merged when I heard the term ‘Art Therapy.’ Since then, my appreciation of the cathartic nature in all creative endeavors has continued to grow. I studied counseling, fine art and behavioral sciences, completing my education with a Masters in Expressive Art Therapy. I find joy and meaning whenever I am facilitating creative self-expression and healing through art. I believe we all have creative gifts that, when explored and shared, can inspire and empower us to transform our lives. Today I am grateful for the chance to focus on my own creative process and personal art making. I welcome inquiries at akamin@live.com.

 


Books: A Whole New World

Books: A Whole New World

Barbara Kinnick, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

I am inspired by color, patterns and textures found in small objects, papers, fibers and fabrics. I find deep satisfaction in creating things. Whether playful or more serious, I hope my work brings joy and pleasure to the viewer.

Biography

A native of Michigan, I moved to Minnesota by way of Indiana in 1984. Drawing compulsively since childhood, I learned later to paint, detoured to nursing school, then married and raised young children before returning to art in middle age. I also am a musician and teach piano in Rochester.

Please visit my website: www.barbarakinnick.com

You can contact me at: kinnickcollage@gmail.com

 


Books Widen My Horizon

Books Widen My Horizon

Riki Kölbl Nelson, Rice County

Artist Statement

My submission is intended to be displayed as a standing work so that the pages of the inner small booklet can be gently moved. It is titled “Books Widen my Horizon.” It says, “Patiently books wait for me. Books widen my horizon, give wings to my imagination, are friends I can always find.”

Biography

I am a visual artist with a concentration in painting and artist books. Books are important to me as a reader, as well as a writer. I cofounded “Penchant,” a Northfield poetry writing group, in existence for over thirty years. We have published several anthologies and given readings.

My art has been exhibited both in Europe and in the United States. I give private art lessons and have taught in the Honor’s and the Compleat Scholar programs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I have worked as visiting artist in schools and as teacher of senior citizens in Northfield.

 


A Picture’s Worth

A Picture’s Worth

Russell Lemire, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

My first memory of a book was long before I could read. The book, a collection of nursery rhymes and short stories, was illustrated by numerous artists with varied artistic styles. When the stories were read to me, the accompanying images gave me greater understanding and helped fuel my imagination.

Biography

My love of illustration which began then, never left me, and I have studied and worked to express myself in two-dimensional imagery with a variety of painting and drawing mediums, including pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Mostly self-taught, I have taken numerous painting and drawing classes and workshops over the years. Originally from Massachusetts, I, along with my wife and daughter (whose photograph taken years ago was the inspiration for this painting), have lived in Rochester, Minnesota for the past 13 years.

 


Hidden Magic

Hidden Magic

Karen Lewis, Winona County

Artist Statement

Everything deserves to be painted! Having always been attracted to fantasy books and art, I have created Hidden Magic. I chose a myriad of materials- watercolor, ink, acrylics, fibers and plaster on mat-board and watercolor paper- to express the depth of the fantasy genre.

Biography

Karen received her MFA in Design from Ohio State, and is a member of IATSE/USAA Scenic Artists Union. After working for over 20 years as a Scenic Designer/Artist at universities and professional theatres, she now enjoys studio art.

Painting is more than simply capturing the subject. It is creating a visual image of a mood or feeling. One of the enjoyments that come from studio art is that the images are both permanent and transferable at the same time.

My watercolor subjects range from the realistic to the imaginary. Please visit my website at: www.karenslewis.com.

 


Bridges

Bridges

Sharol Nau, Rice County

Artist Statement

The best books from which to shape engaging sculptures are gently used with good quality paper bought by the bagful at an annual book sale. Methodically folded pages hinged to a book spine take on unexpected, graceful structures. Shapes can be prescribed mathematically; others are freely formed.

Biography

Practicing artist since 1975.

Educated:
Carleton College and Michigan State University.

Selected Trimmings:
2012 Susan Hensel Gallery, Reader’s Art, Minneapolis, MN
2012 Exhibition: Mathematical Art, Boston MA
2011 “Cementitious Fall(s)” Five Sculpture Project, ART.ORG and SEMAC
2011 Exhibition of Mathematical Art, New Orleans
2011 WWW, juried exhibition, Northfield Arts Guild Northfield, MN
2011 Cover Design for Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, D.C.
2010 Cited in Journal of Mathematics and Art, ‘Art as Math, Math as Art’
2010 River Curtain installation over Cannon River, Northfield, MN
2009 Weisman Museum: permanent collection, U of M, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Residency: Adobe Artist’s Studios, Carrizozo, NM

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Thomson’s Gazelle, Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll

Thomson’s Gazelle, Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll

Thomas Ojanpera, Houston County

Artist Statement

A number of my paintings are about our relationship with domestic and wild animals. It is interesting how animals adapt to our lifestyles, the things we own, and new technologies we invent. As humans continue to overpopulate the world and screw up the environment, we infringe on their space and they ours (i.e. Asian carp), both have to adapt.

Biography

I grew up in Cokato, Minnesota, during high school I moved to Arcadia, Wisconsin. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a BA in art education. A big thrill for me during college was meeting and talking to Chuck Close. I retired in 2011 from teaching art with most of my career in the Onalaska, Wisconsin school district. I moved to Hokah, Minnesota in 1996. I am very proud of the fact that a lot of my students pursued art careers and some are gaining notoriety in New York.

I have had a one man show at the Pump House Regional Art Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I have had paintings, drawings and sculptures in various juried shows in galleries and universities in the area.

 


A Nice Day

A Nice Day

Larry Parkes, Steele County

Artist Statement

Everything is available for making art. Intuition is the best ride to take. What I see and what you see will often be similar. Images work as symbols to tell stories that many of us are familiar with. It is never my intent to make a statement or suggest any meaning while I am creating. It is only after a piece is finished that I may find images I’ve used are familiar to me or that suggest anything relative to the human condition. I hope the viewer can find something as well.

Biography

Graduated from MSU Moorhead, Minnesota. June 1982 / BA in Fine Arts.

1982 – Current – Freelance Graphic Artist.

1997 – Began online collaboration with artists Burnell Yow! and David Walters. This resulted in the Digital Exquisite Corpse Project (DECP) with 80 pieces of digital art based on the game ‘Exquisite Corpse’ played by the Surrealists in the 1920’s and 30’s. http://ravenswingstudio.com/gallery/burnells-art/digital-art/digital-exquisite-corpse-project/

Publications include: Computer Graphics World, Red Herring, Digital Photography and Design, Exquisite Corpse Journal, International Digital Art Award 2001.

Website: www.wix.com/lawrenceparkes/artwork

 


The Contents of a Story

The Contents of a Story

Alyssa Preuss, Mower County

Artist Statement

Art has always been an interest of mine. Although painting has long been my favorite, I enjoy working with many different mediums. I love trying new things and challenging myself to constantly do better. Books and reading have always had a big impact on my life, and I wanted to reflect that by showing how they can come to life and make the
imagination grow.

Biography

I have lived in Minnesota for all of my life. I am now happily engaged, and am attending Rochester Community and Technical College. I will be transferring in the fall to Winona to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. I currently have my Associates in Liberal Arts. I work at Hering Galleries where I do custom framing and printing. I love seeing all the artwork that comes in, and it’s nice knowing how to frame my own pieces. When not focusing on art, I love to BMX bike and snowboard with my fiancé.

 


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James Risser, Winona County

Artist Statement

The photograph is obviously something beyond its existence. It must create something new. It is a dynamic that only occurs when the viewer of the image sees something in the image that prompts an internal dialogue with the photograph. If a photographer is fortunate, perhaps one out of a hundred attempts will yield an image that speaks with meaning for another. My photographs are not photos. If they were, I would not show them to anyone because there would be no authentic point-of-view, no dynamic effect, no dialogue. Only to the extent my photographs create a moment, a spark of something in the viewer, can they be considered in any way artistic or for that matter, a photograph.

Biography

James Risser was born in the Bronx, New York. His photography is generally considered street photography. Since 2006, his work has appeared in a number of shows in Winona, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and La Crosse. He graduated in 2001 with an LL.M. from Leiden University in the Netherlands after receiving a J.D. from the University of Minnesota,
and a B.S. from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. James currently lives in Winona.

 


Box Elder

Box Elder

Linda Rossi, Rice County

Artist Statement

Box Elder represents the book as an ecotone where nature and humanity constructed intersect. A box elder bug crosses the dictionary definitions for “box camera” and “box elder.” An accompanying photograph of a tree covered in box elder bugs shows where his journey began.

Biography

Linda Rossi is currently the Chair of Art and Art History at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She received her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is primarily in large-scale photo installation including video and sculpture to illuminate both historical and current issues. She has received numerous Jerome, McKnight and Minnesota State Arts grants. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Strogonov Palace, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts in Iran. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

 


Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull

Mary Singer, Winona County

Artist Statement

My passion is to paint the beauty of life all around me. I’m continually inspired by the tranquility of the Mississippi River Valley, pastoral scenes, God’s wild creatures, beloved companion animals, and the love of family. To share this with others through art is my privilege.

Biography

Education
2009 Figure Drawing, St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN
1995 Figure Drawing, Winona State University
1980 Watercolor with renowned watercolorist Herb Hultgren, Winona, MN
1975 Illustration and Painting with Art Instruction School, Minneapolis, MN
1966 Winona State University

Exhibitions
2010 International Fine Art Painting Competition, Artists’ Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2008 International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC
2009 Solo Exhibit, Winona Public Library, Winona, MN
2008 Solo Exhibit, Austin Art Gallery, Austin, MN
2008 Le Cadeau du Cheval Mural Mosaic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2008 Art & Agriculture Invitational, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI
1995 Crone Exhibit, Pumphouse Art Center, La Crosse, WI

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Take a walk through a book

Take a walk through a book

Mike Snyder, Olmsted County

Artist Statement

I was thinking about how books can leave impressions with people and then how to represent this physically.

Footprints in the mind … walking through a book … design finished.

Materials used: Recycled oak (stand), recycled walnut (footprints), stained oak (cover) and basswood (pages & bookmark).

Biography

After nearly 30 years working with lasers, cameras and computers as an optical engineer, Mike turned his attention to more artistic creations.

While Mike works with many materials (including wood, sand & foods) and multiple sizes (from under an inch to over a hundred feet), his main passion is mechanical puzzles. His collection includes nearly 1500 different puzzles. He regularly designs and builds new puzzles that are traded with puzzle people around the world. This is the first book that he has made that is NOT a puzzle.

 


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Cindy Starkey Robinson, Rice County

Artist Statement

I love reading, and I can borrow nearly every book and material I want to from my local library. Whether I need more information on a subject, or a comforting book to read on a cold stormy winter day, or want to learn background history on a topic, or to find some fun books to read when my nieces come to visit, I find it all at our wonderful library.

Biography

I am a quilt maker and live in Northfield, Minnesota. I enjoy a wide variety of fabric-related work, from surface design techniques on textiles to making costumes for local stage productions. I combine my hand-dyed and manipulated fabrics with commercial ones in liturgical stoles, bed size quilts, and wall art.

 


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Portal

Melody Stockton, Fillmore County

Artist Statement

I have a broad interest in artistic mediums and cross boundaries in pursuit of creative expression. Repurposing found items in my art, which when used in an unexpected manner, enriches the finished project. I combine my background of teaching and artistic expression to create original items of beauty and inspiration.

Biography

Growing up in Pepin, Wisconsin, I thought I would become either a librarian or an artist, because having books to read and being able to do art all day long would be wonderful. I became a teacher and moved with my husband to Alaska to work and raise 2 sons.

Currently, retired from education, we’ve opened UnCommon Charm inPreston, Minnesota, a gift shop that specializes in handcrafted items, giving me the opportunity to indulge in creating one of a kind items in mixed mediums. This year we are moving to the internet to free more time for teaching classes.

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Minnesota’s Bill Holm American Poet / Writer / Musician

Minnesota’s Bill Holm American Poet / Writer / Musician

Dee Teller, Rice County

Artist Statement

I feel each person is an artist with a natural creative instinct. Art is an early form of communication—now—as it was with ancient cultures. Life drawing is one of my favorite forms of expression. I used drawings and photos preliminary to forming the sculpture clay mask of Bill Holm.

Biography

I have a B.A. in Elementary Education, B.S. in Art Education, and a M.A. in Studio Arts. I won national awards in Sumi-e painting. I also studied at an Art Academy in Hangzhou, China. I won an International Award (third place in the world) in Beijing, China with 6,000 artists from 16 countries. Most of my art is Asian brush painting with an  emphasis on horses and calligraphy. I co-led and taught a group of artists all over China for 24 days. I give private lessons and workshops on Sumi-e painting. Check me out on www.deeteller.com.

 


Franchino Gaffurio’s Inspiration

Franchino Gaffurio’s Inspiration

Jean Zamboni, Steele County

Artist Statement

This illustration of an old pipe organ in an article about Gafori served as an accompaniment to my poem about music which we were using as a Christmas card. Our silk screen prints were often enriched with type, which we handset and printed in our OZ Press studio in Owatonna.

Biography

Jean Zamboni and her friend Alice Ottinger worked together in their basement studios in Mankato, Minnesota, Normal, Illinois, and finally Owatonna over a span of forty-five years. The two met while teaching at Mankato State in 1956, and produced many limited edition prints until Alice died in 1999.

Jean is retired but continues to mat and frame some of their original prints as she maintains the family home. “My twin sister lives with me now in the house we were born in many years ago.“